CFP IUAES2019 - Solidarity through sport: Contemporary faces of “the gift”? [LAST CHANCE]
Call for papers (IUAES2019)
Panel title Solidarity through sport: Contemporary faces of “the gift”? [IUAES-Sports & IUAES-Tourism]
Convenors Carmen Rial (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil) Tarminder Kaur (University of the Free State, South Africa) Noel B. Salazar (University of Leuven, Belgium)
Short panel abstract This panel examines how various ideas of solidarity are manifested in the context of sports. We are particularly interested in exploring the forms of solidarity taking shape through processes of commercialisation and institutionalisation of sports-related charity events, “gifts” and development programmes.
Long panel abstract Solidarity in/through sports is as old as the contemporary idea of sports itself. With the rise of professional, commercial and globally televised sports, the meanings, intentions and politics for which solidarity is sought are more diverse, complex and rife with internal contradictions. Under the banner of “Sports for Development and Peace”, spearheaded by the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee, there exists a plethora of initiatives: from non-governmental organisations using sports to meet particular development goals to individuals taking on sports challenges, both as participants and/or endorsers, to raise funds and awareness for a range of causes. The “gift” of time, effort and/or material seemingly suggests that greater good can be achieved while having fun, an adventure, for the sake of better health, or simply to get involved in a community activity. So-called charity challenges also feed into tourism of a particular kind. And then there are charitable initiatives established and promoted by sports celebrities, in the form of foundations or sports academies or schools for youth, as a way of giving back (a counter-gift) to (often poor) communities. What are these activities all about? What do they tell us about the changing societal trends in sports, health and leisure? What are the conditions of these growing phenomena shaped by or responding to (e.g. the shrinking welfare state, tax-benefits and neoliberal ideologies)? What is the role of medical science and old and new media in all of this? These and other questions will be addressed by the panel.
Keywords Sport, charity, gift (Mauss), development, tourism
Discussant Bela Feldman-Bianco (UNICAMP)
Paper submission General information:https://www.iuaes2019.org/paper-guidelines/ Submission form:https://iuaes2019.syskonf.pl/abstracts Deadline: 15 February 2019 Please do not hesitate to contact us with any question you may have.
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